Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, An American in Paris is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
Garen Scribner, who portrays ex-solider Jerry Mulligan, and his masterful dance moves, along with his charisma and matinee-idol looks makes him the real star of the show.
As Lise, the aspiring dancer, Sara Esty is wonderful. She moves with elegance and has precise footwork and movement.
Etai Benson shines as Adam the struggling American composer. He’s a great song-and-dance man with great comic timing. Also contributing to some comic support was an audience favorite Gayton Scott as the rich Madame Baurel.
The most memorable musical numbers are in ACT Two, “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” and “An American in Paris.” They are both fun, colorful, and gorgeous – each number had the applause reaching the rafters.
The ever-changing backdrops move around the stage with ease. The use of digital projection creates the illusions of a dreamlike Paris.
The mix of music and dance is executed so perfectly that you may find your own feet dancing under your seat. This is one of the most captivating musicals that I have seen in a long time.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hrs 30 min (includes intermission)
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre now through, November 6th. Tickets are on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster.
For more information on the show, visit www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com